#TIMETOGETHER GETS MUMS AND DAUGHTERS ACTIVE TOGETHER

A new national campaign aimed at encouraging mums and daughters to get active together has been launched.

#TimeTogether will see the charity Women in Sport inviting mums and daughters to set aside time to develop their relationship with each other, and with exercise, over the next month.

A host of organisations including Places Leisure, Wildlife Trust, Her Spirit, Our Parks, Canal and River Trust, BMC, and This Mum Runs will be offering activity ideas for mums and daughters across the UK to try, and share their experiences using #TimeTogether on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

#TimeTogether is a development of Women in Sport’s teenage girls research, looking at how the relationship between mother and daughter can be instrumental in encouraging teenage girls to be active.

PRIORITISE

Currently only 42% of teenage girls meet physical activity guidelines and just under a third of girls (32%) are inactive, engaging in less than an average of 30 minutes activity per day. (Sport England Active Lives Children and Young People Survey Academic Year 2018/2019)

Mums are often reluctant to allocate time for themselves to be active with 32% of women saying that they could not prioritise exercise during lockdown as they had too much to do for others. (Women in Sport, Lockdown Research, 2020)

The charity’s research has shown that teenage girls cherish alone time with their mum and view their relationship as a ‘safe space’ without any fear of judgement. This campaign provides an opportunity for them to find their judgement-free space together, get active, and discover the joy, fun and wellbeing benefits of exercise.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of Women in Sport, said: “When my daughter was a teenager we would practice shooting for netball in the garden and go for walks with the dog.

EXPECTATIONS

“This time together built a new relationship on a more equal footing, and I could see she valued these safe conversations, not least because her school friendships were increasingly plagued by social media dramas and conflicts.

“Our insights show that girls in their teens feel burdened by schoolwork and social expectations, and at the same time the lives of their mothers are often fraught with growing pressures of work and providing emotional support and care for relatives.

“We want every mother and every daughter to feel they have permission to take time out to have fun outside and be active. There has rarely been a more important time for such special mutual support and to be active together than in this pandemic.”

The #TimeTogether campaign will be running from 5th to 31st October. For more information visit www.womeninsport.org/timetogether

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